There are a variety of scholarships you can apply for throughout the year and some scholarships that are only awarded in our scholarship rounds.

We're holding two scholarship rounds for 2022, with students able to apply for one round at a time depending on their start date:

  • Round 1 is open to students who start their course before 30 June 2022
  • Round 2 will open in early 2022, and is for new students who want to start their course between 1 July and 14 December 2022.

Funding for successful applicants will start in 2022.

Scholarship round 1

Applications for round 1 are now open, and close on 8 September 2021.


You must have achieved academic excellence to be considered in our competitive scholarship rounds.

Scholarships are awarded to the most competitive applicants, based on our eligibility and ranking criteria (PDF file, 251.0 KB).

International students

Due to international border restrictions, we are only accepting expressions of interest from applicants who currently live in Australia.

There are exceptions if you either:

  • are applying for a joint PhD and will start your research in your home country
  • meet the criteria for a travel exemption category and can show support from an Australian Government Agency. The Australian Government is only allowing applications for travel exemption in specific critical fields - you can see a list of these fields via the Department of Home Affairs website.

If you meet either of these criteria, you will need to apply for pre-approval by 1 September 2021, before you submit an expression of interest. Email your details, your supervisor's details and your supporting documentation to

Completing your expression of interest

Make sure you fully complete your expression of interest, and provide all the required documentation. We don't consider incomplete applications.

Research proposal

When you submit your expression of interest, you must upload your research proposal at the same time if you're studying:

  • business
  • creative industries
  • education
  • health
  • justice
  • law.

If you want to study science or engineering, you can upload your proposal with your expression of interest, or upload it later in the application process.

English language requirements

You may need to prove that you meet English language requirements. To be eligible for the scholarship round, you need to provide evidence of English language proficiency at the same time that you submit your expression of interest. We won't consider incomplete applications.

Find out details of English requirements and what tests we accept in our guide to applying for a research degree.

I'm currently studying and don't have my grades yet

If you're currently completing your studies and want to use your results for your application (like for an honours or masters degree), you can submit an interim transcript of your grades.

If your interim grades are high enough, we may make a conditional scholarship offer, which will be confirmed if your results meet the requirements.

When to apply

I'm a new applicant

Apply as soon as possible. Submit your expression of interest by 11.59pm AEST on Wednesday 8 September 2021.

I've already submitted my expression of interest

You'll be considered for a 2022 scholarship if:

  • you meet the eligibility criteria
  • your research course start date is between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022
  • you indicated that you want to be considered for a QUT scholarship in your expression of interest.

I'm enrolled as a research student at QUT

By 30 July 2021, we'll email all currently enrolled QUT research students who are eligible to apply for a 2022 scholarship in the round. This includes eligible applicants who started by 30 June 2021. The email will outline how to apply.

Applications for current research students will be open from 1-31 August 2021.

How to apply

Apply for a scholarship at the same time as you apply for admission to a research degree. The first step is an online expression of interest where you can indicate that you want to apply for a scholarship.

How to apply for a research degree

Scholarship round 2

Applications for round 2 will be open from January - March 2022 for new applicants who haven't applied in round 1.

Available scholarships

These scholarships are offered each round:

We offer a range of other research scholarships that you can apply for throughout the year.

Explore our scholarships

Contact us

Get in touch if you've got any questions about our scholarship rounds.